3D scanners are the devices used to measure tangible things with light, X-ray or laser and generate polygon meshes or dense point clouds. These scanners are also called as 3D digitizers, laser scanners, industrial CT, white light scanners, LiDAR and others. Various methods are used for 3D scanning based on varied principles of imaging. Perfection of technologies differs with the type of scanning that include short-range, mid-range or long-range scanning. 3D scanning technology can be utilized across varied stages of manufacturing as it helps in saving time, money and material. Several 3D technologies are used to manufacture 3D scanning devices and each of these technologies has its own limitations, costs and advantages.
The increasing adoption of 3D scanners for improving the quality of products, rapid advancements in technology and reduction in manufacturing time are the factors bolstering the market demand for 3D scanning technology. The 3D models are used for performing dimensional and comparative analysis of a product and facilitate changes in the design of the product for its enhancement. With the increased efficiency, accuracy and faster results, the adoption of 3D scanning devices is increasing in several industry verticals. Thus, the companies involved in manufacturing of 3D scanning devices are intensely focusing on developing technology equipped light weight scanners for both outdoor and indoor applications. The 3D scanners are being implemented in different industries for various applications such as prototyping, security surveillance and body scanning among others.
The market for 3D scanning is classified on the basis of type, services, range, applications and geography. Based on type, the market is segmented into laser scanners, optical scanners and structured light scanners. On the basis of services, the market is segmented into reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, quality inspection and face body scanning. Reverse engineering service comprises the study of original machine or model to understand or improve its components. Rapid prototyping refers to the creation of test models by using scanned data of original component. Rapid prototype is attained by deploying the captured data into 3D printers. Based on scanning range, the market is segmented into long range, medium range and short range scanners. Further, the application segment is classified into aerospace & defense, civil & architecture, entertainment & media, industrial manufacturing, medical & healthcare and others. Geographically, the market is classified into North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Middle East & Africa. Laser scanners is leading segment in global 3D scanning market whereas, market for the structured light scanners is expected to grow at a high pace owing to its usage in several applications due to its capability to create rapid prototypes.
North America is dominating the market for 3D scanning particularly, driven by United States attributed by adoption of advanced and new technology. Existence of the U.S. based companies has enabled examination and implementation of latest and new applications of this technology. Some of the major companies headquartered in the U.S. are 3D Systems, FARO Technologies and Autodesk, Inc. The companies operating in 3D scanning market are adopting the strategy of merger and acquisition with a motive to develop their product portfolio and improve their service offerings.
The increasing adoption of 3D scanners for improving the quality of products, rapid advancements in technology and reduction in manufacturing time are the key factors bolstering the demand for 3D scanning technology. Some of the key players actively operating in the 3D scanning market include 3D Systems, Inc., 3D Digital Corporation, FARO Technologies, Inc., Maptek Pty Ltd., ShapeGrabber Inc. (Quality Vision International), Autodesk, Inc., Creaform Inc. (Ametek Inc.), Konica Minolta, Inc., Gesellschaft fur Optische Messtechnik (GOM) mbH, and Direct Dimensions Inc. among others.